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Two crazy tricks to get your 2016 Ram 1500 to connect Homelink with your garage door

There is nothing more frustrating than trying to do what it says in your 2016 Ram 1500 owner's manual and it still doesn't work. Owners make a couple of innovative suggestions to make your truck connect your Homelink to your garage door successfully!

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It is so frustrating to be reading your owner’s manual and trying to do what it tells you to do and it just doesn’t work. That is the problem that JW, a 2016 Ram 1500 owner, from Texas, is facing as he tries to program his Homelink to operate his garage doors. JW writes, “For the life of me, I can't figure out how to program the Homelink buttons to my garage door openers. Page 160 of the owner's manual says that I need to hold the button until the EVIC/DID display changes from "Channel # Training" to "Channel # Trained". Where the heck do I find this in the EVIC/DID display? Is it on the UConnect screen or the display between the speedometer and tachometer? It's most likely a very easy process that I'm too dumb to figure out!”

I’m sure JW isn’t dumb at all. We have all been in that same driver’s seat. A few other Ram owners had some great suggestions. For anyone that hasn’t had this delightful experience and doesn’t have a clue what JW is talking about, the EVIC is the electronic vehicle information center and the DID is the driver information display. They are typically buttons somewhere on your instrument cluster.

RLM was the first to try to help JW find them. “Not on the EVIC and not on the UConnect screen. Look for actual buttons, likely above the rear view mirror on the ceiling.”

JW knew where the buttons are. But he couldn’t get the display to pop up. “Thanks, but the screen between the speedometer and tachometer is set to show vehicle speed. I know it can be changed to "settings" but where in "settings" do I go? This is the part that's absolutely maddening to me!!”

The first crazy trick to try to program the Homelink

Mac, from Boston, made a suggestion that does not seem plausible or very safe, but he swears that it works. “When you push a button it will automatically come up in evic. Try to program it in drive. That's the only way I could do mine. It wouldn't respond until I put the truck in gear.”

Now, programming your vehicle while it is in gear does not sound safe. Whatever you do, if you are going to try this, do not take your foot off the brake or you will drive into your garage. Trying to program the garage door opener is complicated enough without having to worry about your truck idling or rolling into something. Try at your own risk.

The second crazy trick to try to program the Homelink

Perhaps have a friend with you to help while your try this technique while sitting outside your garage, with the door open. Bubba suggests, “It depends on your garage door opener too. I just moved and had to set mine up. I had to use the door remote and set it to the truck. Then go hit the learn button on the garage door opener go back to the truck and push the garage door opener on the truck twice. Then it was set.”

JW said that he would try the programming “in drive” technique. And he was thrilled to report that it was successful. “Thanks everyone. I was able to get it to work this morning!!”

Another owner, Metal, says he was able to get his programmed as well. “Thanks for the link. Finally got my Genie to work!

Please remember that I am not endorsing programming anything while you are in drive. Be very, very careful. There should be other ways to accomplish getting connected while not risking an accident!

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Justin (not verified)    January 27, 2018 - 1:52PM

I did exactly as Mac suggested with the putting in drive and it worked. Sitting in parked no matter how many times I pressed the button while in learn mode on the opener, it wouldn't work.

Diana (not verified)    July 16, 2018 - 8:03PM

The only thing that worked for our 2018 RAM with a Genie garage door opener was the following:
Clear out anything previously programmed into the in-car system from the factory by holding down on the 2-outside buttons simultaneously, until the in-car LED starts flashing rapidly. This may take up to a minute (in most cases, the key should be on auxilary, and/or the car door must be shut).
Decide which button you want to make to be your in-car garage door transmitter. Hold your transmitter up near the selected button, pressing both the garage door remote and the selected in-car transmitter button simultaneously. Hold down on the buttons until the in-car, LED light flashes rapidly. This sets the in-car remote transmitter to be your garage door openers make transmitter, but you are not done. You now need to make this in-car transmitter your personal transmitter.
Go to the Learn Button on your garage door opener. The button is usually next to the area where the floppy antenna is connected to the motor head. With Genie it is most often behind the light lens, and an indicator light flashes red when pressed. With Sears or Liftmaster (Chamberlain) it is near, or part of, the terminal screw board, and is a red, green or purple square button with a green, amber or purple indicator light. Press this learn button momentarily. The indicator light will turn on and blink if Genie or otherwise stay lit. For Genie systems, go back to the in-car transmitter button you programmed and press this button 3 or 4 times, or until the door starts moving. This should set your in-car transmitter to your garage door opener. For Liftmaster, Sears, or Linear Megacode press and hold the in-car button you programmed until the garage opener light flashes. Your in-car is now programmed to operate your door.

Elton (not verified)    April 13, 2019 - 8:35PM

I have a 2010 Dodge SLT Ram 1500. My truck does not have l, ll, lll. It only has ll. Can anyone help me program the garage door opener. (Clearing any old code, etc) Thank you

Iljo Mojsoski (not verified)    February 13, 2020 - 12:10AM

You guys probably needed to put your trucks in drive mode because you tourned the engine on. This is not necessary at all. You just need to tourn your ignition in on position as the power will go to your instrument panel and just start a procedure. That's what manual said and how I'we got my job done.

justin plante (not verified)    August 20, 2020 - 12:50AM

Just bought a used 2018 1500 today and no matter what i tried or what key position i put it in it would definitely not work until i put it into drive. When i did, it worked perfectly. Thanks for the tip!